Death brings to light the methods of disposing or preserving the corpse. These methods are part of a system which provides meaning for death itself. Although death is a biological process, it is at the same time a phenomenon of cultural, social, religious and philosophical significance. What kind of conceptual framework, terminology and methodology is needed in studying death, and how do they affect the analysis of historical or prehistorical death?
We are looking for short introductions (ca. 15–20 min) addressing theoretical approaches in studying death and burial from different perspectives, such as archaeology, history, folklore, philosophy, religion and ethnology. These are to be presented at Death in Theory workshop in Turku, Finland, on May 17th, 2019.
The workshop is organized by the Turku Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (TUCEMEMS). The abstracts should be ca. 150 words and they should be sent to or by April 15th, 2019. The language of the workshop is English.